Friday, February 11, 2011

Five (And One) For Friday

No new analysis tonight, but I have a couple posts I want to pass on, so I figured I might as well supplement them with a few more that I’ve enjoyed throughout the week. Most of these are taken from the Daily Feast, which I’ve been writing putting together every morning for the blog, so if you followed me over there, a lot of them will seem familiar.

First, the ones directly involving yours truly.

1. Jesse Newell of the Lawrence Journal-World and has apparently been following Project Defensive Score Sheet, because he has compiled the Kansas defensive stats for all the Big 12 games from my charts. It’s something I’d been meaning to do, but kept putting off, usually in favor of, you know, actually watching some basketball. I try to do that now and then. I’m glad he took the initiative, because he did a much more thorough job on the individual player write ups than I would have.

2. This one is a day late and a dollar short. Here’s my third article for, which previews the two-days-ago North Carolina at Duke game. In hindsight, I think I did a pretty good job. I mean, doesn’t this sound like a bit like a recap of the actual game:

“… the Tar Heels, especially Harrison Barnes, have been playing out of their minds since Kendall Marshall took over at point guard. But that new car smell has to fade away some time, and Cameron Indoor seems a pretty reasonable place for that to happen.”

The Tarheels went to Durham, played out of their minds for a half, and then faded in the second as the Cameron Crazies went, well, crazy. So, maybe a day late and a dollar short was a misnomer. Two days late and a dollar up might be more accurate. Because if you placed a bet on the latest college basketball odds after reading my article, with the way I hyped up UNC, I bet you took the Tarheels and the points (+10). Win for you.

Now, here are a few other stories from this week that I want to make sure you caught:

Have a good weekend, folks. Tomorrow should be a fun one.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Heady Company

I don’t usually do link posts, but there’s one making the rounds today that’s worth a mention, for three reasons:

  • It’s a pretty good list of what somebody thought were the 30 best college basketball blogs, so anybody looking for more daily reading material should make sure they’re already hip to those listed.
  • The guy who pulled the list together wrote me a polite email about it.
  • Audacity Of Hoops made it as one of 5 blogs listed in the “Stats” section. Huzzah!

So, head on over to College Crunch, and enjoy.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Defensive Score Sheet: Missouri@Kansas

If you’re unfamiliar with this series, check out my first Project Defensive Score Sheet post. This one’s a day late, but these numbers are pretty ugly, so I doubt anybody was exactly giddy with anticipation.

Let’s start with the table:


Monday, February 7, 2011

Nerds of a Feather Work Together

I don’t know if anybody has noticed my recent more frequent (and during usual business hours) posting, but that was a bit of foreshadowing. I’m excited to announce that, starting today, my primary job for the rest of the college basketball season will be to work with I’ll be doing a lot of behind-the-scenes analysis and marketing work, but you guys will mostly notice that I should shortly begin posting regularly on their blog. I’ll continue posting here in my free time, but in order to read everything I write, I encourage you to bookmark the TR blog, and follow TR on Twitter (@TeamRankingsCBB for college basketball, @TeamRankings for general sports). So, head on over and check TeamRankings out. Here’s a fun place to start.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Defensive Score Sheet: Kansas@Nebraska

[For a recap of what the numbers below mean, and what this series is all about, see my first Project Defensive Score Sheet post.]

Here’s the score sheet (note that Nebraska’s team line has 10 free throws, because those were clearly strategic end-of-game intentional fouls). My thoughts are after the break.